With organic products gaining momentum in the food market, it becomes important for a farmer or a business to be certified organic and the best way to authenticate this is by getting a USDA organic certification. Obtaining this certification makes your business more genuine and becomes easier for you to establish the identity of your product as a truly organic product in the market. The tag of USDA organic Certification assures the costumers that your products have been checked on the stringent parameters of the USDA organic certification. Organic farming is not new to mankind and is the most primitive way of producing agricultural yields. In order to produce large amount of crops on smaller farms, farmers started using insecticides and pesticides containing hazardous chemicals. The side effects of these harmful chemicals have made us ‘go back to natural way of farming’ which is the organic farming. The USDA organic certification is issued by regulating wild crop harvesting, handling of agricultural products and standards of farming procedures on the farm.
According to the USDA, "Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used". In the days before fertilizers and pesticides were created nor technology advances were not yet made, all teh farmers were organic farms. But with industrial growth and scientific knowhow increasing, farmers wanted to more yield and less hassle with diseases and this was satisfied by the fertilizers and pesticides and we all were happy. But after a while the long term side effects of these technologically advanced practices started to surface and people (though not all) have realized that the older way was a better way to grow and eat food as it is more sustainable and health friendly. Not that we have to go back to the olden ways of farming but basically not use chemicals and the prohibited list of substances and recycle to make the land and food more healtheir.
This certification started in the year 2002 as a National Organic program to unify all the state and third party certifying agents so as to make it easier for the consumer. The rules keep getting added according to the changes in processing.
Usually an organic certification agent helps a farmer in obtaining USDA organic certification. This agent is accredited by the NOP or National Organic Program. The right agent helps you by planning all the process, inspecting the product and making it possible to get the license of Organic for product selling. So as to become eligible for USDA Organic Certification you should belong to either of the following category:
If you are :
Organic farming majorly relies upon ecological practices such as biological and cultural pest management antibiotics, crop hormones, production of live stock and carrying out all the products without using synthetic chemicals. The major advantages of USDA organic certification are:
There are certain qualification parameters that can stop you from getting USDA organic certification:
Basically the fee of USDA organic certification depends upon the organic certification agent. For the first time when the National Organic Program was launched initially, the USDA organic certification cost for single farming was around $ 750. Nowadays the fee of the agent is added to it and varies depending upon the quality of agent’s services and expertise. Hence it is always advisable to compare the prices and services of different agents before finally settling for one.